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WSU vs. Colorado final score: Cougs lose 35-34

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The Washington State Cougars lost to the Colorado Buffaloes, 35-34, on Saturday afternoon in Martin Stadium. The Cougars lost their Pac-12 opener and move to 2-2, while the Buffaloes improve to 1-3. Colorado scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to win.

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WSU jumped on top early, driving down the field after the opening kick for a score. Connor Halliday completed a long pass to Gabe Marks for a touchdown. On the play, Halliday scrambled to his left before throwing back across his body to find a wide-open Marks.

The Buffaloes came right back to drive down the field for a score, when Jordan Webb connected with Nelson Spruce for a 16-yard touchdown.

WSU scored twice more in the first half, first on a 23-yard catch by Marquess Wilson, and again on 15-yard pass to Isiah Myers, to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

The Buffaloes came out in the second half to cut the lead to 21-14 after Carl Winston fumbled the ball and the defense was able to return it for a score.

After an interception from the Cougar defense, Wilson was able to take a screen pass for 49 yards and a score to take the lead to 28-14.

The Buffaloes would climb back in the game in the fourth quarter on the strength of two big plays. A 70-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Webb and an 84-yard touchdown run by Tony Jones.

WSU had a chance to put the game away with less than five minutes to go after a big kick return from Teondray Caldwell. It didn't move the ball much, kicking a field-goal to make it 34-28.

Colorado would go on to win the game by driving the length of the field for the winning score on a run by Webb.

For the third straight game, the Cougars let an inferior opponent hang around in the fourth quarter. This time they paid for it.

This is unbelievably embarrassing. This team looks headed for a 2-10 season.

Mike Leach is known for going for it on fourth down. But he certainly isn't consistent about it. With a chance to kick a short field goal in the fourth, he went for it as expected. Halliday threw a pick.

Next time, with a chance to go for it, he kicked the field goal. If he had made the same decision earlier, WSU probably would have walked away with a win. And yes, when a coach is getting paid $11 million, he gets to be questioned.

But those decisions aren't the most frustrating part about it. This team would have never should have been in this situation. Colorado is awful. Guess what that means?

WSU is awful, too.